The massive star population in M101. III. Spectra and photometry of the luminous and variable stars

Skyler H. Grammer, Roberta M. Humphreys, Jill Gerke

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Abstract

We discuss moderate-resolution spectra, multicolor photometry, and light curves of 31 of the most luminous stars and variables in the giant spiral M101. The majority are intermediate A- to F-type supergiants. We present new photometry and light curves for three known "irregular blue variables," V2, V4, and V9, and identify a new candidate. Their spectra and variability confirm that they are luminous blue variable (LBV) candidates and V9 may be in an LBV-like maximum light state or eruption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number152
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume149
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • galaxies: individual (M101)
  • supergiants

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